Caryn wanted to hold her wedding ceremony outdoors, with the idea to have a garden ceremony followed by a banquet dinner. With all the planning that needed to take place, she decided to engage the services of Milestones.my to make sure everything got done in time.
It was a relationship that started a decade ago, over ICQ.
Caryn hails from Ipoh, Malaysia, but now works full-time in Singapore. Her husband, Ivan, was working the night shift in IT support when they met.
But that didn’t stop him from pursuing her. Their relationship grew over long messaging sessions, a mutual love of scuba diving and travel, and in 2013, transformed into a wedding engagement.
However, the wedding plans were hardly smooth sailing. Working in the airline industry in Singapore, Caryn had to travel often, which meant hardly any time to get all the details in order.
That’s when she turned to Milestones.my.
A Passion for Weddings
A highly-recommended wedding planning services provider on Recommend.my, Milestones.my got its start in 2012. But it’s founder, Hui Mun Tzin, has been planning weddings since 2008.
“I first discovered a love for weddings when I was given opportunities to help plan weddings at my church. At the end of 2011, I realised it was time to pursue my passions wholeheartedly”
– Hui Mun Tzin, founder of Milestones.my
“I chose Mun Tzin and her team from Milestones as they appeared to be highly professional and well-organised,” said Caryn. “What sealed the deal was also their affordable rates. I knew I could trust them to turn my wedding into a magical triumph,” she added.
Having a wedding planner meant that Caryn could finally focus on the key decisions for her big day without a million different tasks getting in the way.
“The team helped me settle the venue, find the right invitation cards, hire an emcee, magician, decorators, photographer, and a thousand other items.”
– Caryn Liew, on hiring Milestones.my to plan her wedding
The garden wedding was held at the Cyberiew Resort and Spa in Cyberjaya. “They worked with the got me a beautiful archway and a picture-perfect setting where we exchanged our vows,” she added.
Milestones also helped Caryn choose a theme for the wedding, and negotiated with the hotel to get her the look she wanted, from table linen to chair covers.
“She worked with the hotel’s florist to get the flower arrangements just right, within the package cost. They also got the door gift that I wanted, instead of the one that came with the hotel wedding package.”
Mun Tzin also provided valuable input on the variations in customs for Chinese wedding, depending on the dialect group.
A well-oiled machine on the actual day
“They worked out the day’s program to the tiniest detail.”
During the afternoon activities, the team stationed one person with the groom, and the rest with the bride, and kept in constant contact to make sure everything was well coordinated.
That evening, for seating arrangements, the Milestones team provided not one, but three different guest lists; ordered by table, alphabetically, and by groups, allowing everyone to find their seat easily.
They also liaised with all the vendors, bridesmaids and the groomsmen so everyone knew where they needed to be.
“They even had the forethought of asking the hotel to ‘tar pau’ the food that my husband and I didn’t get to eat during the toasting round, and sent it to our room for supper!”
From playing the music and slideshows, to taking care of the bride’s gown and belongings, to keeping the angpows safe, the team spared the family a great deal of worry, and allowed them to celebrate and enjoy the big day.
“I have been to weddings where everything went wrong at the last minute. With Mun Tzin and her team, everything was perfect!” said Caryn.
Wedding Planner: Milestones.my
Venue: Cyberview Resort & Spa
Florist: Fleurs Sunway Pyramid
Gown: MOCO Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Syezen L Artistry Studio
Actual Day Photography: Kevin Teh Photography